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Cubs' Silva handles Rockies, improves to 5-0

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Just about the only person not surprised about Carlos Silva's unblemished record is Carlos Silva.

After going 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA in two frightful seasons for the Seattle Mariners, Silva is 5-0 with the Cubs. His latest victory came Tuesday night, when he gave up Todd Helton's first home run of the season but otherwise pitched six splendid innings in Chicago's 6-2 victory against the Colorado Rockies.

"I didn't know too much about him," said teammate Ryan Theriot, whose two-run single capped a three-run eighth inning that broke open the game. "He's been a pleasant surprise, super-consistent each time out. I'd hate to think where we'd be without him."

Even with Silva, the Cubs are a disappointing 18-22, but they take a three-game winning streak into a road trip that starts Wednesday at Philadelphia.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he had no idea what to expect from Silva, who came to Chicago from Seattle in December in the Milton Bradley trade. The Mariners wanted to get rid of the 31-year-old right-hander so badly they paid the Cubs to take him.

"We found out rather quickly in spring training that he was healthy," Piniella said. "When a pitcher's healthy and he's had success like he did in Minnesota (47-45 from 2004-07), you figure you've got a chance. We're fortunate."

Asked if he was surprised to have joined the Yankees' Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum as the majors' only 5-0 pitchers, Silva smiled and said: "No. I was surprised the last two years, how bad I was."

He got nice support Tuesday from three Chicago rookies as the Cubs won a series for only the fourth time this year. Tyler Colvin had three hits, Starlin Castro drove in two runs and James Russell pitched an impressive inning of relief.

Silva took a five-hit shutout and a 3-0 lead into the seventh. Then he issued his only walk -- to Troy Tulowitzki -- and made his only mistake: a 3-2 fastball that Helton deposited into the right-field bleachers.

It was the first home run since Sept. 30 for Helton, once one of baseball's most feared power hitters.

"The most important thing is we didn't win, but it did feel good to actually hit a home run," he said. "It's been a long, long time."

Helton, who has nine RBI this season, averaged 35 home runs and 118 RBI in his first seven full years with the Rockies but only 15 and 73 over the past five years.

"He is going to find his way. Other people need to join him," said Colorado manager Jim Tracy, whose team scored only four runs in the two losses to the Cubs. "You need a two-out hit once in a while. I'm not saying you're going to get one every time, but you need one every once in awhile."

Silva departed after the home run and reliever Esmailin Caridad walked Miguel Olivo on four pitches. Russell came on to retire the side on two strikeouts and a pop-up.

Then came Chicago's three-run eighth off Rafael Betancourt. Colvin singled, Soto walked, Castro singled to make it 4-2 and Theriot had his two-run hit.

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (2-2) allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. After pitching 14 1/3 scoreless innings in winning his first two starts, the 22-year-old rookie has given up nine runs over 10 2/3 innings in two losses.

Colvin, Castro and Kosuke Fukudome drove in Chicago's fourth-inning runs.

Notes

  • Silva also won his first five decisions in 2004. He became the first Cub to start 5-0 since Greg Maddux in 2006 and the first starter to begin his Chicago career with five victories since Mark Clark in 1997.
  • Castro's RBI were his first since he drove in six runs in his May 7 big-league debut.
  • Olivo left the game in the seventh after landing face-first in the dirt while stealing second base. Tracy said Olivo complained of a sore neck.
  • Rockies CF Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
 
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After going 5-18 in 34 starts with Seattle, Carlos Silva is now 5-0 through eight starts with the Cubs. (AP)
After going 5-18 in 34 starts with Seattle, Carlos Silva is now 5-0 through eight starts with the Cubs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Colvin
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez , CF4020010.333
Seth Smith , LF4000002.258
Brad Hawpe , RF4010011.333
Troy Tulowitzki , SS3110102.296
Todd Helton , 1B4122011.274
Miguel Olivo , C2000112.283
  Paul Phillips , PR-C1000000.250
Ian Stewart , 3B4010031.279
Clint Barmes , 2B3000003.213
Jhoulys Chacin , RP2000000.000
Ryan Spilborghs , PH-LF1000011.214
Totals322722813
BATTING
2B - T Helton (5)
HR - T Helton (1)
RBI - T Helton 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
SB - M Olivo (2)
FIELDING
E - P Phillips (1)
Colorado Rockies
Jhoulys Chacin (L,2-2) 5.25335603.12
Randy Flores 0.10000102.89
Rafael Betancourt 1.13331206.43
Joe Beimel 0.21000100.63
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome , RF4011114.313
Ryan Theriot , 2B5022012.319
Derrek Lee , 1B5010033.229
Aramis Ramirez , 3B3100103.171
Marlon Byrd , CF3110101.340
Tyler Colvin , LF4231013.300
Geovany Soto , C1100310.298
Starlin Castro , SS4112014.350
Carlos Silva , SP3000014.067
Alfonso Soriano , PH-LF1000012.320
Totals3369661026
BATTING
2B - D Lee (6)
RBI - K Fukudome (20); R Theriot 2 (14); T Colvin (10); S Castro 2 (8)
BASERUNNING
SB - K Fukudome (3); T Colvin (1)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Silva (W,5-0) 6.06221413.35
Esmailin Caridad 0.000010011.25
James Russell 1.00000202.77
Sean Marshall 1.01000002.11
Carlos Zambrano 1.00000206.83
Game Information
Attendance - 37029
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Wolf